April 21 (UPI) — For the to start with time in about 40 decades, the Division of Transportation will fill its main science officer placement, naming a former University of Michigan professor to the post, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said Wednesday.
Robert C. Hampshire had joined the administration in January as principal deputy assistant secretary for exploration and technological innovation. Right before signing up for the transportation section, he targeted on exploration and plan engagement as an affiliate professor at the College of Michigan’s Gerald Ford Faculty of Community Coverage.
“Climate resilience and environmental justice are at the heart of this administration’s mission to construct again much better — and that work need to be grounded in scientific abilities,” Buttigieg said in a assertion. “We are thrilled to officially identify Dr. Hampshire as our chief science officer, and glance forward to his contributions to this historic exertion.”
Hampshire will report to Buttigieg on science and technological know-how challenges and will be billed with making confident the department’s exploration, improvement and engineering packages are scientifically and technologically audio.
The division will also retain the services of a scientific integrity officer, who will be responsible for investigation plan implementation. That man or woman will report to Hampshire.
“I seem forward to performing throughout all modes of transportation to handle the quick concerns, and to make certain our long term transportation method is sustainable,” Hampshire said. “It is crucial that [the transportation department] include scientific research to advance weather alter initiatives that are honest and equitable to all.”
Hampshire was a investigation associate professor in the two the University of Michigan’s Transportation Investigation Institute’s Human Factors group and Michigan Institute for Knowledge Science.